Two groups of people exchanged gunfire late Thursday afternoon at two separate locations in Frederick, resulting in one person being shot, a police department supervisor said.

The Frederick Police Department is investigating shots-fired cases in the 1300 block of Taney Avenue and another near the McDonald’s and the GetGo gas station on West Seventh Street, said Sgt. Andrew Alcorn, a supervisor in the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

The two locations are less than half a mile apart near the Frederick Shopping Center on West Seventh Street. Taney Avenue runs behind the shopping center.

The shots were fired shortly before 6 p.m., resulting in several vehicles being struck along with the wounded victim, Alcorn said. The victim made it to Frederick Memorial Hospital on their own, but was transferred to a trauma center. The wound did not appear to be critical, Alcorn said.

It’s unclear if the victim was involved in the exchange of gunfire, Alcorn said.

Police believe the incidents are related and may involve the same culprits, Alcorn said. Police also believe the groups of people knew each other, but the violence didn’t appear gang-related as of Thursday evening, Alcorn said.

“We’re investigating this from all angles, but there have been no indications of that,” Alcorn said.

Witnesses told police that each group was made up of between three and five people, Alcorn said.

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Guns are just too easily accessible. And people wanting to do harm to others will use them, regardless where you live. Sure urban areas have more violence then rural areas, based on many factors, but the guns used in criminal acts are too easy to acquire legally or illegally across the country.

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I am very sorry that others look down on you. Perhaps we have some mutual misunderstandings here. Every person in a community should work to find ways to find common ground with others.


Frederick is still a good place to live. Even with some violene, it is much better than other places in Maryland or the District. I will stay.

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Charles, as you're probably aware, violence has no limits, and certainly doesn't affect only one socioeconomic or racial group. There have been plenty of violent drunks, abusers of women and children, murderers, rapists and gun totin' idiot-"neighbors" with bad aims ensconsced up yonder behind the closed doors and parked trailers of the good 'ole country folks.....all over America, and in Frederick County too. Who are you tryin' to kid or convince, 'cept yourself?


It's a shame how Frederick has changed. I grew up over there in College Estates. We actually had a town house in the 1400 block. Spent a lot of time in the shopping center, the park and going to McD's. Since we moved away, I don't even recognize the place anymore. Used to ride past the CE pool into the dirt bike trail to get snacks from the Exxon station. Ah... memories... (I even met Ronald at the McDonald's way back when!)


I agree, it’s a real shame how much Frederick has changed and most of the changes have been for the worse. We lived in the end duplex at the corner of 7th and Fairview from ‘55 - ‘58 and I went to kindergarten at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church before the McDonalds was ever built across the street from it. These days my wife and I both hate going to Frederick, we’ll only go for a very special occasion.


I don’t understand, where is the second location? One is by the gas satiation/McDonalds on the corner - where is the second location?


The second location is the 1300 block of Taney Avenue, along that street farther to the NW from the McDonalds.


"The Frederick Police Department is investigating shots-fired cases in the 1300 block of Taney Avenue and another near the McDonald’s and the GetGo gas station on West Seventh Street."


I think the point is that the original print version did not contain the words "and another". Presumably, the original online version had that omission as well. That's probably why seven was confused. Good to see that they added the clarifying wording here.


Thank you! Yes, they edited their initial report. Glad someone was paying attention.


And the difference in Frederick is careful and prompt investigators and a "solved" case. Congratulations to our police force. Those who claim Frederick is less than in the past should note this difference.

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